Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Opaque dark purple, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad slightly uneven horizontal rim-disk; short cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body with upward taper; convex bottom; two vertical ring handles with tails, applied over trail decoration.
A yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another thicker yellow trail applied to neck; a fine turquoise blue trail also applied at top of body; both wound down in a spiral, tooled into a pattern in part resembling a zigzag, in part a feather, ending with a thick turquoise blue trail around the bottom.
Intact; dulling, pitting, and weathering with areas of yellow-brown encrustation.

Glass alabastron (perfume bottle), Glass, Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

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